Pharaoh find

Cairo - A vast 3,000-year-old royal tomb uncovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, in Luxor, should throw new light on the family of one of the ancient world's most colourful and powerful rulers, archaeologists said yesterday.

The tomb, which houses a statue of the God Osiris (pictured right), was explored by a team of American archaeologists earlier this year. It is believed to have housed the mummified corpses of up to 50 sons of the military pharaoh Ramses II. Egyptian authorities announced on Monday that 67 chambers have so far been discovered in the underground tomb, and archaeologists say it may be the biggest found in Egypt. Reuter